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PROSPECTUS
Executive Director, Becker Career Center
Union College

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POSITION OVERVIEW

Union College, a nationally recognized, distinguished liberal arts college with a long history of teaching engineering, seeks a motivated and strategic professional to direct the multi-faceted programs of the Becker Career Center. 

Founded in 1795, and located in Schenectady, New York, Union College is a private, residential institution whose rigorous curriculum combines the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences and engineering in innovative ways that prepare students to be leaders and thinkers for the future. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges, it offers small classes with accessible faculty and outstanding facilities on a beautifully landscaped campus. The Union mission is to provide its 2,150 full-time undergraduates with an education that emphasizes integration, innovation, inclusion and reflection for every student. 

 

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students the Executive Director of the Becker Career Center will be responsible for providing and implementing the strategic vision for the Career Center. Additionally, the Director will oversee the daily operations, and educational programming for liberal arts and engineering students and alumni at Union College.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead and serve as the brand ambassador to cultivate and maintain internal and external collaborative relationships with key stakeholders such as faculty, administration, alumni, parents, and employers to enhance experiential education programs, internships and employment opportunities.

  • Serve as the public face of Union College with prospective employers, alumni, corporate and organizational partners in developing and providing a wide range of applied learning and employment opportunities for students and alumni.

  • Lead, manage, and equip a team of career professionals, while encouraging an environment that develops creativity, innovation, and professional growth.

  • Further develop and implement strategic career education programming focused on developing professional communication skills, thoughtful leadership and decision making, job application matters, and more.

  • Assist with student recruitment by attending events to inform/educate about the Career Center’s role at Union. 

  • Conduct consistent and strategic active and innovative outreach to alumni, employers, and members of the Union external communities.

  • Identify, analyze, and report on key performance indicators to measure the efficiency of programs and services offered.

  • Conduct fiscal planning and management for career services, including all operations and staffing matters.

  • Attend alumni events to cultivate relationships and spread awareness about the Career Center.

  • Participate in local, regional, national memberships/committees to further expansion opportunities (e.g. Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), National Association of Colleges and Employers, Chamber of Commerce, CEG, Saratoga Technology Energy Park, etc.)

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


 

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QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in higher education or related discipline required.

  • Eight to ten years of progressively responsible career management experience in a higher education setting; non-traditional backgrounds with substantial career-related management and administration experience will be seriously considered.

  • Experience with strategic implementation of career related information technologies, data collection and analysis to enhance career center programs and services required.

  • Proven expertise in organizing, coordinating, and executing the delivery of high-quality programs and services.

  • Demonstrated professional experience establishing collaborative partnerships, communicating a clear vision, moving strategic initiatives to fruition, and mentoring staff in their defined areas.    

  • Proven professional experience effectively supervising staff.

  • Excellent organizational skills with proven ability to effectively balance competing priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including the presence and poise to develop and foster collaborative relationships with employers, students, parents, stakeholders, and alumni from diverse backgrounds.

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ABOUT UNION

Union’s idyllic, 130-acre residential campus includes the iconic Nott Memorial, the only 16-sided building in North America and a National Historic Landmark. Used for lectures, art exhibits and special events, it is a symbol of unity. Union also has eight acres of formal gardens and woodland known as Jackson’s Garden. The first campus in the U.S. to be fully developed by a comprehensive master architectural plan, Union continues to invest boldly in its campus. Nearly every academic building has been refurbished in the past decade, and there have been significant expansions and construction of new facilities. Recent projects include the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts and the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex. 

 

 

ABOUT SCHENECTADY

Schenectady is a dynamic city providing rich opportunities for Union’s students, faculty, and staff. A few blocks from campus, they enjoy a downtown full of restaurants, cafés, shops, farmers’ markets and world-class theater at Proctors, which offers touring Broadway blockbusters. The 97-mile-long bike-hike trail along the nearby Mohawk River is a popular destination for many, as is the city’s own Central Park, with its famous Rose Garden. The 300-year-old Stockade neighborhood offers amazing history, which sides by side with the gleaming new Mohawk Harbor eateries and businesses. 

Schenectady is part of New York state’s Capital Region, which is within easy reach (only a few hours by car, train or bus) of New York City, Boston and Montreal. Rural areas, major ski slopes are easily accessible. Albany International Airport is nine miles west of campus.
 

 

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UNION COLLEGE: Exceptional and Distinctive

Academics
Union students combine interests from among 58 majors and minors, including a self-designed major. More than 75 percent of students study more than one discipline. They develop in-depth expertise in their chosen discipline(s) and, with emphasis on the intersections between fields, also receive the kind of interdisciplinary exposure that enables them to tackle problems from multiple perspectives. 

 

Classes are small, offering personal attention from faculty who are noted for being accessible. The student-faculty ratio is 10-1, and the average class size is 24 students for introductory courses and 14 for upper-level courses. Three 10-week terms (fall, winter, spring), means students take three courses each term, have more entry points to new academic interests and access popular prerequisites more easily. They also enjoy flexibility for extracurriculars, internships and study abroad, in even the most structured majors. Eighty-five percent of students do at least one internship, either domestically or internationally. The College places students in internships with more than 500 companies and organizations. 

 

Union employs more than 200 faculty members, who teach all classes and labs –there are no teaching assistants. Every student is matched with a faculty advisor who works with them all four years to discover their passion for courses, activities and future career paths. Class deans also offer academic and personal support from orientation though graduation. 
 
Union is a leader in weaving research across all disciplines, beginning with the First-Year Preceptorial. Eighty percent of students complete a faculty-mentored senior thesis or capstone project, and many present this work at Union’s annual Steinmetz Symposium research showcase. There also are opportunities for funded summer research with faculty. Students work one-on-one with professors in advanced facilities where they use sophisticated instrumentation often reserved for graduate students at large universities. Union is top-ranked by the Council on Undergraduate Research for excellence and continual innovation in its programs. The College also has been recognized as a top STEM school for women. 
Nearly 60 percent of Union students go on terms or mini-terms abroad, which are offered in 40 programs in 25 countries. Many are led by Union’s own faculty, so students get to know their professors beyond the campus environment.

 

Student life
Union is committed to creating opportunities for meaningful academic endeavors outside the classroom. Every student participates in the Residential Curriculum, which focuses on personal achievement, self-care and wellness, engagement, and reflection. 
Union is an active campus. Ninety-two percent of students live on campus all four years. The Minerva Houses bring students and faculty together outside the classroom for social and academic activities, with more than 500 student-run events held each year, from film series to discussions on current events. There are more than 130 student clubs and organizations, and dozens of athletic and fitness opportunities. A third of students participate in intercollegiate athletics. Union competes in the NCAA Div. III Liberty League in 24 sports, and in NCAA Div. I ECAC men’s and women’s ice hockey. There are 10 residential fraternities and sororities, which students may join their sophomore year. Students give back to the community through a wide range of volunteer activities in Schenectady and beyond, many of which are offered through the College’s Kenney Community Center.

 

Diversity is central to Union’s institutional identity and mission. The College prides itself on fostering an inclusive environment where a diverse student population can thrive. Eight percent of students are international and 23 percent are domestic students of color. The College has been recognized nationally for its diversity and inclusion efforts, and the ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity, with multiple Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards.   

 

Outcomes
Students prepare for their careers while developing the versatility to embrace change within their fields – or to pursue another career path entirely. Within six months of graduating, 97 percent of graduates are employed full-time, in graduate or professional school, or pursuing a fellowship or public service opportunity. Union is recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Fellowships and Teaching Awards, Peace Corps volunteers and Fortune 500 CEOs, and it has a particularly impressive track record in post-graduate Watson Fellowships. Top career fields of recent graduates include business/finance, engineering, healthcare, communications, law, research, education and biotechnology. 

The strong sense of community at Union breeds loyal alumni who treasure their campus experiences, faculty mentors and the lifelong critical thinking and problem-solving skills they developed. Union’s continued commitment to depth and breadth in the liberal arts has produced remarkably successful leaders in all fields, including arts, medicine, science, engineering, media, entertainment, law and politics. Notable alumni include Nobel Prize, Lasker Award, National Book Award and Academy Award winners, two MacArthur Fellows, Olympic Gold and Bronze medalists, U.S. Cabinet secretaries and a secretary of state, many governors, hundreds of judges, 90 college presidents and the 21st U.S. president, Chester A. Arthur. The College is consistently recognized in national rankings for high return on investment.
 

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Office of The President 

David Harris is Union’s 19th president. Since joining the College in 2018, he has engaged the students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and Board of Trustees in an ambitious path for the next generation of the College, including a new strategic plan. Previously, he served as provost and senior vice president at Tufts University; in multiple roles at Cornell University; and in the Obama administration as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES

Applications for this role will be accepted thru September 27, 2021.

To apply, please visit the application page

This job description and prospectus has been designed to indicate the general nature, working conditions and level of work performed by employees within this job. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, working conditions and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 

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